I thought about doing a “5 Brothers” AAR, where I’d take 5 imaginary brothers, place them each in a unit in various theaters, and use them to discuss the war as it impacts each theater (but my “fun time” is pretty limited thanks to work, a wife, and 2 small children, so I decided against it).
Hopefully, as the war progresses and pilots get moved around, we'll hear more about other theaters. For example, my pilot has a cousin in the Philippines – we may not hear about what happened to him in the PI for a few months, if I decide not to kill him in action or what have you. Also, I’m not really much of a storyteller like Cuttlefish so I think any “grand story with multiple characters” would be lacking. He set a very high bar with the Voyages of the Hibiki. I figured that I’d just stick with one pilot and have him write a diary every day, so that way we can see all his (my) storytelling faults, I can excuse my grammar and spelling, and hopefully that adds to the story… as a diary doesn’t read like a “book”.
My pilot will only have the information I feel he’d have, and often discuss random “non-war related” things like “living quarters” “winning at poker”, “longing for home”, “Loss of comrades” (when the time comes) and other mundane things of life that, in all of the war diaries I’ve read, the author touches upon. Some of the info he’ll know is deliberately wrong, some of it is delayed by 1940’s communication methods (including censorship of defeats/victories), some is accurate – it all depends on the source it comes from (Tokyo Rose, plying Navy pilots with drink, newspapers, called into the Ops Room at the last minute) as far as accuracy, content, etc. We may not hear from our pilot about a “great naval battle at Mersing” for a while, and what we might hear will most likely be wrong – as the ‘real life’ Japanese would censor any news if they lost a couple of capital ships, and the Brits are, as in real life, so shocked by the advance of the IJA that would overstate the kills for propaganda purposes. So you might hear that the Japs are reported to have lost 1 BB, 4 CA, and 3 CL, when the reality might be is that 2 IJN CA were left smoking and nothing else.
I plan on sprinkling in a lot of FOW as I’m doing now with the submarines. I believe there are about 5-6 subs between Pearl and Lihue. I have 8 ASW tf’s and all my bombers and floats on ASW/Search in the region. The Ops Reports has shown about 10-15 “oil slicks reported” over the last 2-3 days, but that’s FOW and probably one 1 or 2 subs have been damaged if not sunk. I combine all this info, and it results in my pilot describing “100,000 lbs dropped and 100 destroyers pounding the ocean”. His words are not 100% accurate, but they are what I would “think” he’d say, were I in the same position.
Either way, this is the first week of the war, so the soldiers at Pearl are inexperienced, jumpy, prone to jamming the radio with constant, irrelevant, battle reports… they are trigger happy and dropping DC’s on whales. They’re eager to hit the Jap, they haven’t been bloodied or experienced loss, they haven’t transitioned out of the cushy comforts of Pearl (although my pilot is getting his first taste of “remote airstrips” – it’s going to get worse for him). There will come a time when he rotates home for a few months to train new pilots, and his diary will reflect what he sees from “home”.
But to keep everyone abreast of the war, I’ll dole out “editors notes” every week or so of game time.
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